Real Hot Chocolate (With or Without Peanut Butter or Nutella)

From blog post: Peanut Butter or Nutella Hot Chocolate


February 8, 2012

Adapted from Ina Garten via Food Network

  • Makes: Serves 4.


4-5 cups whole milk - Ina uses half milk, half half & half

8 oz. chocolate, chopped - Ina uses half semi-sweet, half milk chocolate

1 Tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. instant espresso or coffee powder (optional - it intensifies the chocolate, but won't make it taste like coffee)

a few drops of vanilla (optional)

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter or Nutella (or more, to taste)


1In a medium saucepan, heat the milk and cream until it's steaming (don't bring it to a boil); remove from heat and add the chocolate. Let it sit a minute, then whisk until it's smooth. Whisk in everything else, stirring to melt the peanut butter or Nutella if you're using it.

2Serve warm.

Makes: Serves 4.